Literature Search Planning Worksheet1.     Briefly describe your search topic / question 2.    Use the form below to plan ...
Please consider the following when formulating your alternativeterms:           Database subject headings – Psycinfo and ...
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If you struggle to search in an organised way try downloading and printing this worksheet. Designed to help you split up your essay question into key concepts, brainstorm synonyms and narrower terms and help you with instructions as to how to combine them once you get into a database.

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Search planning worksheet

  1. 1. Literature Search Planning Worksheet1. Briefly describe your search topic / question 2. Use the form below to plan your search strategy by identifying the keywords / concepts for your search topic and providing alternative terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 Concept 4 Combine Combine Combine Using Using Using ‘AND’ ‘AND’ ‘AND’ Combine Combine Combine Combine Using Using Alternative Using Using ‘OR’ Terms * ‘OR’ ‘OR’ ‘OR’ Narrower terms – to try instead for more specific searching
  2. 2. Please consider the following when formulating your alternativeterms:  Database subject headings – Psycinfo and SSCI have the most useful ones (check the subject heading’s scope note for coverage, scope and definition)  Synonyms  Acronyms  Differences in terminology, spelling etc (e.g. across national boundaries, US/UK)  Old and new terminology  Narrower terms  Lay and medical terminology  Alternative terms (e.g. obesity – overweight, weight loss, Body Mass Index, BMI etc)  Truncation (e.g. depress* will search for depressed, depression, depressive etc) But be aware you don’t want it to pick up so much that it’s useless.3. Where appropriate, clarify any required ‘limits’ (inclusion criteria) for your search Search Limit Details Publication Year(s) (Year / range of years) Age Group(s) Gender Language(s) Peer Reviewed Publication Types Others 2

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